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Woman charged with fraud after claiming husband had died in Grenfell Tower fire

Joyce Msokeri is alleged to have claimed over €10,000 in funds meant for survivors of the fire.

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A WOMAN WAS due to appear at Westminster Magistrates Court today, charged with six counts of fraud relating to the Grenfell Tower fire in London.

Joyce Msokeri, a 46-year-old with an address at Ambleside Gardens in Sutton, was arrested on 25 July after allegedly making fraudulent claims that her husband was one of the victims of Grenfell Tower.

She is said to have fraudulently claimed £10,000 (€10,915) in money that was being offered to survivors, the Guardian reports.

Msokeri is understood to have presented to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea seeking money and accommodation in the wake of the fire in June.

She is also alleged to have made representations to charities so that she could get clothing and food, and told a hospital she was the wife of a patient.

Msokeri is the second person to be charged with fraud in relation to the Grenfell Tower fire.

In late June, 52-year-old Anh Nhu Nguyen was charged with five counts of fraud following similar allegations.

At least 80 people are believed to have been killed in the fire, but a final death toll is not expected for months as police continue their search of the building.

Investigators said they will use 6mm sieves to pick up fragments such as bones and teeth. Even so, police have admitted it may be impossible to identify all of those who died.

Read: ‘The pain we feel is indescribable’: Man with Irish roots identified as Grenfell Tower victim

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